SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 8221
State of Washington 51st Legislature 1989 Regular Session
By Senator Williams
Read first time 2/16/89 and referred to Committee on Governmental Operations.
BE IT RESOLVED, BY THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, IN LEGISLATIVE SESSION ASSEMBLED:
THAT, At the next general election to be held in this state there shall be submitted to the qualified voters of the state for their approval and ratification, or rejection, an amendment to Article XIV, section 1, of the Constitution of the state of Washington to read as follows:
Article XIV, section
1. The legislature shall
have no power to change, or to locate the seat of government of this state((
but the question of the permanent location of the seat of government of the
state shall be submitted to the qualified electors of the Territory, at the
election to be held for the adoption of this Constitution. A majority of all
the votes cast at said election, upon said question, shall be necessary to
determine the permanent location of the seat of government for the state; and
no place shall ever be the seat of government which shall not receive a
majority of the votes cast on that matter. In case there shall be no choice of
location at said first election the legislature shall, at its first regular
session after the adoption of this Constitution, provide for submitting to the
qualified electors of the state, at the next succeeding general election
thereafter, the question of choice of location between the three places for
which the highest number of votes shall have been cast at the said first
election. Said legislature shall provide further that in case there shall be
no choice of location at said second election, the question of choice between
the two places for which the highest number of votes shall have been cast,
shall be submitted in like manner to the qualified electors of the state at the
next ensuing general election: PROVIDED, That until the seat of government
shall have been permanently located as herein provided, the temporary location
thereof shall remain at the city of Olympia)).
The seat of government shall remain within the limits of the city of Olympia as it existed in 1890. The legislative department, the executive department, and the supreme court shall remain located within the seat of government.
Executive departments or agencies not administered by state-wide elected offices may be located anywhere within the boundaries of the county in which the seat of government is located.
The location of branch offices of the legislative department, the executive department, or the supreme court shall not be restricted to within the seat of government or the county within which the seat of government is located except as provided by law.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the secretary of state shall cause notice of the foregoing constitutional amendment to be published at least four times during the four weeks next preceding the election in every legal newspaper in the state.